American Education Week activities set in Fairfield
Fairfield Community School District is joining school districts nationwide to celebrate American Education Week this week.
“To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, our school district is hosting several activities as part of the National Education Association’s 90th annual celebration,” said Marci Dunlap, curriculum director for Fairfield schools.
“Our events are part of the nation’s effort to draw attention to American Education Week’s tagline — ‘Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.’”
Fairfield’s events this week include:
• Today is student appreciation day. Positive student contributions will be recognized in each building. Students and staff were all encouraged to wear building or district clothing to show school pride.
• Tuesday is Parents Day. Staff members and students will send personal thank-you notes to parents who participated in Parent/Teacher Conferences or who have contributed positively to education in some way this year.
Time will be given for students and staff to write notes of appreciation for teachers who have impacted their lives.
An appreciation breakfast is planned 6:30-8 a.m. Tuesday for all district employees and honored guests in Pence Elementary School gym. Invitations were sent to guests.
• Wednesday celebrates education support professionals, recognizing individuals who provide services to schools. These professionals will be recognized in each building. A tribute also will be published on the front page of the district website.
• Thursday is Educator for a Day; guest readers, teachers switching classes, community members sharing what education means to them are a few ways the district will celebrate and share the joys of teaching. Walking a mile in another’s shoes is one way to develop respect and understanding for the craft of teaching, said Dunlap.
• Friday is Substitute Educators Day, honoring educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers. Cookies and punch will be served for all district substitute teachers and associates from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Friday at the district’s Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center.
A news release explains:
NEA’s American Education Week presents all Americans an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration spotlights the various people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation’s 50 million kindergarten through 12th grade students.